Why What Happens in Israel/Palestine Matters to U.S. Citizens

As the newly elected far-right-wing Israeli government tightens its noose around Palestinians in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, so too does the noose tighten around U.S. citizens and organizations who dare to criticize Israeli apartheid, occupation, and war crimes. State after state in the United States has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition… Continue Reading Why What Happens in Israel/Palestine Matters to U.S. Citizens

We Should Fight Antisemitism, Not Critics of Israel

We are living at a time of rising instances of virulent anti-Semitism in the United States, endorsed by leading media and political figures. We have just witnessed the reticence of many top Republicans to condemn former President Donald Trump for consorting with rabid Jew haters. In these circumstances, it is natural that people of good… Continue Reading We Should Fight Antisemitism, Not Critics of Israel

University Students and Professors Silenced on Palestine

When I was a student at Oberlin College in the late ’70s, I was encouraged to reach outside myself and become aware of injustices faced by people in our world. I became an activist in the boycott/divest from South Africa movement to free Black South Africans from oppression and apartheid. As was the case at… Continue Reading University Students and Professors Silenced on Palestine

Westfield BoE: Prof. Aziz is not antisemitic.

At a recent school board meeting in Westfield, NJ, several speakers charged board Vice President Sahar Aziz with antisemitism for a ‘reTweet’ recommending an article that argued that the slogan “From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free” was not antisemitic. Aziz is the Professor of Law, Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar, and Middle… Continue Reading Westfield BoE: Prof. Aziz is not antisemitic.

SJP Rutgers Releases Statement on MoU with TAU

This just in from Students for Justice in Palestine at Rutgers, New Brunswick and Newark: The Students for Justice in Palestine at Rutgers – New Brunswick and Rutgers – Newark write this statement to express our dissent and exasperation over the University’s recent decision to engage in a close partnership with Tel Aviv University, as… Continue Reading SJP Rutgers Releases Statement on MoU with TAU

Letter to Rutgers President Holloway

17 January 2022 Dear President Holloway, I write to protest the recent memorandum of understanding that you signed on behalf of Rutgers with Tel Aviv University, as part of the New Jersey Innovation and Technology Hub. I write as an associate professor in the history department at Rutgers-Newark and as a supporter of Jewish Voice… Continue Reading Letter to Rutgers President Holloway

Once Again, the UN General Assembly Voted to Criticize Israel—Why?

We found this article in Mondoweiss, and thought it would be of interest to our group. Again in 2021, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly passed 14 resolutions aimed at criticizing Israel (and supporting the Palestinians). On every resolution, only a handful of countries (among them the USA, Canada and a sprinkle of small Pacific… Continue Reading Once Again, the UN General Assembly Voted to Criticize Israel—Why?

B’Tselem Statement against Israeli “Terrorist Organization” Designation

We think our readers will be interested in the statement below from the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem and the ad from more than 20 Israeli civil society organizations that appeared on the front page of Haaretz: Last Friday, Israel’s new government crossed a line that no Israeli government has dared cross before, designating six… Continue Reading B’Tselem Statement against Israeli “Terrorist Organization” Designation

California Teachers Stand for Human Rights in Palestine

We are pleased to republish this article from Soni Lloyd’s blog, Loyal to the Truth.  Soni spoke at one of our Coalition Web seminars this Tuesday, and while we may not always agree on every point, this post seemed to us to be worth sharing. The Human Cost of Zionism Can you put yourself into the… Continue Reading California Teachers Stand for Human Rights in Palestine

New Jersey State House

NJ Punishes Ben & Jerry’s Parent Company for Principled Stance

[Five years ago, the New Jersey State legislature enacted a measure punishing firms that boycotted Israel or Israeli companies. The bill, S1923, was vigorously opposed by Jewish Voice for Peace of Northern New Jersey, NJ Peace Action, and other organizations supporting Palestinian rights. The ACLU of NJ criticized the bill, a revised bill, and the… Continue Reading NJ Punishes Ben & Jerry’s Parent Company for Principled Stance